You might be thinking that the last thing the Christmas bash needs this year is to be “livened up”! However, many Christmas parties can be stayed or cold affairs, with awkward silences, or guests that don’t mingle, or even worse don’t even get on!
Here we look at the best ways to liven up your Christmas bash in a positive and fun way – how to make it more enjoyable and more engaging and how the memories that you create are made for all the right reasons.
The venue has a lot to answer for when it comes to a party, you need one that creates a feeling of warmth and interaction – not row upon row of tables with people sat next to others that they may not really know.
You need the layout and colour scheme to compliment any theme that the party has – for example, if the theme is movies, part of the design could be having lifesize cardboard cutouts of favourite actors dotted around.
People are that little bit more likely to be engaging and participating at the Christmas bash, probably having had their inhibitions slightly tempered by alcohol. But the entertainment that you provide can be key too.
Traditionally, there will be music, but how about thinking outside of the normal parameters – rather than a DJ playing cheesy pop, how about a jazz band, or covers band. Sure, you could do both, but a little variety will make for even better memories.
Food & Drink
You’ll need to give them something, so make it special. Think about the theme, and again if it is Hollywood, maybe give cocktails as the welcome drink, or after dinner treat. As for the food, catering for a large number can sometimes mean bland, but it doesn’t have to be like that – think of cool canapes and interesting mains. See it from the eyes of the guest – what will they be thinking?
Have you thought about ways to share gifts with the guests? Now simply having an invite to the party may seem like gift enough if you are footing the bill, but what about the little extras.
You could have a free photo-booth with dress up costumes, so that people can get snapped together, or even with the lifesize cardboard cutouts. This could give people some great fun photos to take home and by which to remember the night in the future.
There doesn’t have to be a gift bag per se, but any little take home bonus will always be well received, and will create another level of loyalty and goodwill from your guests.
You do want your party to be lively and full of fun. No you do not want it to descend into a farce or free-for-all, but if you handle it properly and manage expectations beforehand then there is no reason it will. What you are doing is looking to liven up your Christmas bash so that everyone has fun, plain and simple. With these tips and ideas you’ll be well on your way to ensuring exactly that!